Introducing Biodegradable Poly Bags

With the fashion industry being the 2nd biggest contributor to global warming after oil, JAGGAD is dedicated to making an effort to be more sustainable.

2019 will see us implementing new procedures and practices that will move us in the right direction to reducing our brand's carbon footprint and letting our customers feel better about their purchases.

Our first step in this journey is eliminating single use plastics from our packaging. Every JAGGAD garment is currently shipped from the factory in a traditional plastic poly bag. All orders as of October 2019 will ship from our factories to us in biodegradable poly bags. This small change will see hundreds of thousands of plastic bags not being produced and ending up in landfill.

Many brands have made the shift to use sustainable packaging for online orders, but have not mentioned how their goods are shipped to them from the factory as the end customer rarely sees this section of the process.

We want to be transparent with the entire production process and eliminate plastic in the area where the majority is used i.e. the individual packaging of garments from factory to us.

To follow are some key facts about our NEW biodegradable poly bags.

 

WHAT ARE THEY MADE OF?

PLA – Thermoplastic aliphatic polyester derived from renewable biomass, typically from fermented plant starch such as corn, cassava, sugarcane or sugar beet pulp.

PBAT - While PBAT is incredibly biodegradable and will decompose in home compost leaving no toxic residues; it is currently partly derived from petrochemicals.

This means it’s not renewable unfortunately. Interestingly, it is PBAT that is added to make the product degrade quickly enough to meet the home compostability criteria. There are no bio-based plastics suitable for making POLY bags that do not have a binding agent like PBAT in them. Unfortunately, when it comes to plant-based inputs there is a trade-off between renewability and compostability – the higher the % renewable, plant-based components the slower it is to compost!

 

HOW DO WE COMPOST THEM?

Ideally, these should be sent to composting facilities to be properly broken down and composted.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY END UP IN LANDFILL?

The best part is that they still break down (with no waste and no methane production) in landfill. It takes about 2 years, In contrast, traditional plastic bags take 400 years or more to break down, and release deadly methane gas into the atmosphere.

 

Compostable Mail Satchels

We have joined forces with Hero Packaging to send out all online orders from October 2019 in Compostable Mailers! Our new mailers are home compostable and can be used to feed the worms and create nutritious fertiliser.

Key facts about our mailers:

 

WHAT ARE THEY MADE OF?

HEROPACKS are made from biodegradable materials, mainly corn-starch and cassava roots

 

HOW DO WE COMPOST THEM?

Ideally, these should be sent to composting facilities to be properly broken down and composted.

 

To compost them at home, it’s best to cut them up and place in your compost bin (as “brown” materials).

These will completely break down within 90 days in a compostable environment.

 

WHAT HAPPENS IF THEY END UP IN LANDFILL?

The best part is that they still break down (with no waste and no methane production) in landfill.

It takes about 2 years rather than 90 days. In contrast, traditional plastic bags take 400 years or more to break down, and release deadly methane gas into the atmosphere.


SUSTAINABLE MATERIALS

There is a heavy dependence on natural resources within the fashion industry. While the environmental impacts associated with fabric and textile processing can be harmful, there are fabrics that leave a better and smaller environmental footprint.

Our REFLECT product range consists of products made using a material or process that is better for the environment. Being included in our REFLECT range means they have at least one sustainability credential, highlighted below.

  • Product made of materials with a lower environmental impact than conventional alternatives
  • Product made using a process that is associated with a lower environmental impact than conventional alternatives

Our current REFLECT range utilises the following recognised sustainable materials.


Certified Organic Cotton

Organic cotton is grown without the use of synthetic pesticides and fertilisers, which leads to improved soil condition, lower greenhouse gas emissions, stronger biodiversity and better health among the cotton growers. Organic cotton also means significantly less energy and significantly less water usage on average compared to the sourcing of traditional cotton. Of the virgin cotton alternatives, organic cotton has shown the lowest environmental impacts due to non-use of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers, and the soil quality is controlled by crop rotation.None of these crops is genetically modified, it’s always third-party certified, and the fibre is kept separate from the cotton field to the finished product.


Recycled Polyester

Recycled Eco Polyester has been developed using an Eco-friendly green fiber to assist where we can in addressing the excess waste issues that we are facing in the world today.The Polyester fiber is made from the recycling of discarded single use bottles that were destined for landfill and potentially our waterways/oceans.

Our Warp knit Recycled ECO Polyester has also been constructed with a high performance end use in mind. The combination of its tight knit structure along with its high Elastane content, not only gives you full coverage but also fantastic support, shape and retention.